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From French jérémiade, from Jérémie, from Latin Ieremias, from Hebrew ירמיה(yirm'yá, Jeremiah). Named after biblical prophet Jeremiah, who lamented the moral state of Judah and predicted her downfall.



jeremiad (plural jeremiads)

  1. A long speech or prose work that bitterly laments the state of society and its morals, and often contains a prophecy of its coming downfall.
    Synonyms: lament, lamentation, tirade; see also Thesaurus:diatribe
    • 1895Mary Gaunt, The Moving Finger, A Digger's Christmas
      "Father Maguire," he said in the broadest of Cork brogues, without the ghost of a smile on his grave Irish face, "is it a song yez wantin'? Well, thin, it's just a jeremiad I 'd be singin' yez, an' not another song at all, at all."
    • 2006: The Columbus Dispatch, May 5
      “This is precisely the manner of Balkanization that Schlesinger cautioned us about in his prescient jeremiad on multiculturalism, The Disuniting of America.”
    • 2007, The Guardian, [1]
      Cannes is smacking its lips in anticipation of filmmaker and provocateur Michael Moore's latest jeremiad against the US administration, which receives its premiere at the film festival today.
    • 2015 March 30, Michael Billington, “Look Back in Anger: how John Osborne liberated theatrical language”, in The Guardian[2]:
      What few of us realised at the time was that Osborne, while endorsing most of Jimmy’s jeremiads, also had a sneaking sympathy for his father-in-law, Colonel Redfern, an upper-class relic of the Raj.


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